English and Literacy
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
We strive to choose enaging topics for our KS3 students to promote a love of the subject, and to idenitfy the use of English a medium of expression throughout the ages. GCSE exam skills are embedded from the beginning of Year 7 and are incorporated throughout KS3 for consolidation in KS4.
Year 7 Units
All About Me - Autobiographical and Biographical Writing
- Roald Dahl
- WW2 and Holocaust Survivors (Writing Focus)
- The Shakespeare Project - Introduction to Shakespeare
- The Chocolate Project and Advertising
- Novel Study
Year 8 Units
- Celebrating Culture - Language Focus
- The Civil Rights Movement - Speech and contemporary literature
- Protest Poetry
- Animal Farm
- Romeo and Juliet
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
AQA English Language Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Section A: Reading
one literature fiction text
Section B: Writing
descriptive or narrative writing
AQA English Language Paper 2 - Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
Section A: Reading
one non-fiction text and on literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing
writing to present a viewpoint
Non-exam Assessment: Spoken Language
responding to questions and feedback
use of Standard English
AQA English Literature Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
Section A: Much Ado About Nothing
Section B: Pride and Prejudice
AQA English Literature Paper 2 - Modern texts and poetry
Section A: An Inspector Calls
Section B: Poetry - 'Love and Relationships'
Section C: Unseen Poetry
OCR A Level English Literature
Component 1 - Drama and Poetry pre-1900
Section 1 - Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Section 2 - A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen and Christina Rossetti's poetry comparison
Component 2 - Comparative and Contextual Study
Section 1 - unseen dystopian extract analysis
Section 2 - comparative analysis of dystopian novels, including one of either George Orwell's '1984' and Margaret Atwood's 'A Handmaid's Tale'
Component 3 - non-exam assessment
close reading and comparative essay
NEA1 - close reading of extracts from Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
NEA2 - comparative analysis of Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and Carol Ann Duffy's 'Feminine Gospels'
AQA A Level English Language and Literature
Component 1 - Telling Stories
Section A - Remembered Places - the representation of place in an anthology of non-fiction texts about Paris
Section B - Imagined Worlds - point of view and fantasy genre in Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'
Section C - Poetic Voices - the forms and functions of poetic voice in Carol Ann Duffy's 'Mean Time'
Component 2 - Exploring Conflict
Section Ai - Writing about Society in Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'
Section Aii - Writing about Society - a commentary on a recast based on Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'
Section B - Dramatic Encounters - conflict in Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons'
Component 3 - non-exam assessment - Making Connections
Investigation on a chosen theme and texts
Beyond the Classroom
The English Department frequently take students on Theatre trips, including the 2018 trip with Year 12 and 13 literature students to Hackney Empire to watch Hamlet, and the Year 11 trip to watch An Inspector Calls at the Playhouse Theatre
They also take trips to conferences on set sets for KS4 and KS5
KS3 Creative Writing Club runs on a Monday
KS3 English Clinic runs on a Tuesday
KS4 English Matters support session runs on a Friday
KS4 Aiming High sessions run on a Thursday
KS5 Café runs on a Thursday
Competitions and Events
National Flash Theatre Fiction Competition for sixth formers
Spelling Bee for KS3 students
Readathon for Years 7-9
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Competition - Evie Collins in Year 10 won in 2018!
Jack Petchey Speak-Out Challenge - Year 10 - Erin Stoner won the national final in 2018!
Members of the English department set homework in accordance with the homework timetable for each year group.
|Subject||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|English||2 x 20 mins||2 x 25 mins||2x 30mins|
|Subject||Year 10||Year 11|
|Double courses (English and Science)||2 hrs||2 hrs|
|Full courses||1 hr||1 hr|